PrismTech collaborates with other IoT companies in IIC’s Security Claims Evaluation Testbed

IIC Testbed DiagramThe Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC) announces its first security assessment-focused testbed: the Security Claims Evaluation Testbed. IIC member organizations UL, Xilinx, Aicas and PrismTech are collaborating on the project to provide an open and easily configurable cybersecurity platform for evaluation of endpoint, gateway, and other networked components’ security capabilities. Data sources can include industrial, automotive, medical and other related endpoints requested for secure operation analysis.

“PrismTech develops secure, high performance, real-time end-to-end, data connectivity solutions for the Industrial IoT based on the OMG’s Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems standard,” said Lawrence Ross, CEO, PrismTech. “Our technology will provide the Security Claims Evaluation Testbed with a flexible and secure Edge to Cloud data backbone that can support a broad range of participants’ security claims assessments.”

To read the full press release, visit iiconsortium.org

First IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC 2015) was a big success

Feedback from the large number of attendees who visited PrismTech booth at the first annual IoT Solutions World Congress that has just ended was that the event had been a big success.  Held in Fira, Barcelona, Spain and in partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) the congress brings the world’s IoT players together to showcase the Internet of Things’ market.

Attended by over 4000 international IoT decision makers, with 120 speakers and 83 sessions spread across 6 different congress tracks, this year’s congress theme “Putting IoT to work” highlighted hot topics such as government’s role in IoT, collaboration and partnership models and dealing with start-ups amongst businesses. At the same time core issues such as security, interoperability, big data management, insights and analytics; and mobility remained the focus of many discussions.

Many attendees enjoyed exploring excellent exhibits such as Intel’s Automated Smart Greenhouse, Vodafone’s Connected Car, Carriots’ Lego Smart City and NEC’s Face/Age detection technology to name but a few.

PrismTech announced its Vortex Innovator Program (VIP) on the first day of the congress. The VIP provides access to Vortex Products to qualifying IoT startup companies with innovative new ideas, by removing any up front licensing costs and helping them to kick-start their IoT journey.

On the final day of the event, PrismTech CTO, Angelo Corsaro presented to the main conference on subject of “Smart, Secure and Efficient Data-Sharing in IoT”. The presentation was very well received and discussed the many capabilities of DDS fundamental to efficient real-time data sharing in IoT systems.

With a great atmosphere throughout the 3-day event, the feedback that PrismTech received from delegates, speakers and exhibitors alike was that the IoT SWC conference had been a massive success, roll on IOTSWC 2016.

 

SVP Steve Jennis to present on Data Connectivity Strategies at Industrial Internet of Things Energy Summit

Jennis to provide analysis on Industrial IoT vs M2M and SCADA during the Industrial Internet Consortium’s June 23 event

Industrial Internet of Things in Energy Oil Gas Smart GridSteve Jennis, PrismTech’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, will be a guest presenter at the upcoming Industrial Internet Energy Summit in Houston, TX. Jennis will discuss “The Industrial Internet vs. SCADA and M2M – What’s different, what’s new and what you need to know.”

Coordinated by the Industrial Internet Consortium, the complimentary day-long Energy Summit is scheduled for June 23 at the Hewlett Packard campus at Lone Star College in Houston.  It features presentations by industry leaders who will discuss the impact and opportunities of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in energy, including topics related to security, the digital oil field, preventing catastrophic failures through preventative maintenance, how to get started and case studies.

Open architecture IoT solutions offer the potential for the energy industry to move from single function and proprietary centralized managed systems to new multi-function distributed control systems.  They can enable coordination between grid-edge technologies and centralized systems, improving grid efficiency and reducing integration costs.  This enables vendors to improve their products and, ultimately, help customers pay less for the electricity they consume.

“M2M (machine to machine) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) are relatively narrow, tactical applications compared to the potential of the Industrial IoT,” explained Jennis.  “Industrial IoT platforms, such as PrismTech’s intelligent data connectivity platform Vortex, provide the performance and capabilities needed to support turning data into insights and business value for every computing platform (legacy, edge, gateway, cloud) and across all domains (OT verticals, domain boundaries and generic IT services).”

Vortex is based on the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) open standard and builds on proven technologies to provide an efficient solution for device-to-device, device-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud Internet scale real-time data sharing.  It is a crucial enabler for systems that must reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end QoS facilitating its ability to deliver the right information to the right place at the right time.

Information about the Industrial Internet Energy Summit is available at http://www.iiconsortium.org/energy-summit.

The Bottom Line for Enterprise IoT – Business Value from Ubiquitous Data

Analysts and forecasters are predicting extremely high market growth rates for the IoT and often they are referencing enterprise/industrial applications rather than consumer products. But how can these predicted growth levels be justified when for many years islands-of-automation and domain-specific integrated systems have already provided valuable tactical OT and IT solutions for enterprises? Whether SCADA, corporate IT applications or tactical M2M systems, these solutions have delivered a self-contained return-on-investment (RoI) from their operational benefits. So one may be tempted to ask, “How is enterprise IoT different and where is its RoI to justify these impressive growth forecasts?”

The business value of enterprise IoT is based on a premise that there is a huge amount of potential value in the data generated by existing systems (legacy sub-systems in IoT terms) and newly connected Things (sensor networks, brilliant machines, mobiles, gateways, etc.)… if only it can be unlocked through ubiquitous data availability for apps and analytics to extract new and actionable insights. Let’s look at some specific examples where new data accessibility can produce new value and good RoI:

For OEMs and system vendors the focus of the IoT will often be on enabling new products, new services, and an enhanced customer experience. The ability to generate in-operation data from products, access and analyze them remotely (by other devices, a Smartphone app, by a cloud service, etc.), and generate new insights into product performance, integrity, energy consumption, utilization, etc. gives vendors the ability to more closely align their offerings with their customers’ business needs and add new services (and thus new revenues) to their portfolio. The IoT can thus revolutionize the way a required business solution is delivered and dramatically increase user-friendliness, interoperability and the efficiency of post-sales customer service. At PrismTech we see many OEMs moving quickly from offering stand-alone products to selling connected systems and the valuable data they generate and services they enable. The quest for sustainable competitive advantage (and fear of falling behind) will fund OEM investment in the IoT and provide the RoI projections that executives require to fund new product and system development.

One such example is in power generation and distribution. In 2013 US utility giant Duke Energy formed the “Coalition of the Willing” (COW), a consortium of grid technology vendors focused on the promotion and adoption of an Open Architecture approach to standardizing the way grid-edge technologies are integrating together.

After successfully demonstrating in real-time how different grid devices could talk to each other and reducing the feedback control process from minutes to less than 10 seconds, the energy industry has really started to take notice. This work is also helping address the key issue of intermittent availability of supply when deploying renewables as part of an integrated generation system. Thus users and device OEMs are collaborating and using the IIoT to unlock new value from device data generation, connectivity and interoperability. From products to systems.

For End Users the focus will often be on operational efficiency and the potential for significant productivity gains and cost reduction. With operational assets (devices, machines, people, buildings, street furniture, etc.) producing more real-time data… and new apps, analytics and interoperability providing the ability to convert them into actionable insights and superior coordination, the scope for operational gains of many percentage points has been identified in industries as diverse as manufacturing, energy, transportation, healthcare, cities and critical infrastructure. Projected savings driven by superior energy efficiency, resource utilization, staff deployment, capital asset longevity and reduced cycle times will fund End User investment in the IoT and provide the RoI projections that executives require. Already the City of Nice and its residents are seeing real benefits from improved city mobility. By having real-time access to car park space availability data via mobile devices, drivers are taking much less time to park and parking income from reduced fraud is up by 35%. This in turn is helping improve traffic flow and has reduced congestion by 30%. Air pollution and noise levels have been reduced by 25%. In the future, better city management will see savings of between 20-80% in areas such as street lighting and waste management while improving overall environmental quality.

To read the full article, visit www.iiconsortium.org

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting 2015 – La Jolla, CA USA 2015

Date: 7th December 2015 to 11th December 2015
Location: La Jolla, CA, USA

Industrial Internet Consortium MeetingPrismTech was the first (non founding) industry member of the Industrial Internet Consortium and will play an active role in its forthcoming meeting in La Jolla, CA, USA.

The Industrial Internet Consortium was founded in 2014 to further development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines, intelligent analytics and people at work. Through an independently-run consortium of technology innovators, industrial companies, academia and government, the goal of the IIC is to accelerate the development and availability of intelligent industrial automation for the public good.

This goal of the consortium is to:

  • Utilize existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications.
  • Deliver best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies.
  • Influence the global development standards process for internet and industrial systems.
  • Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights.
  • Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

The IIC meetings are two-day working and networking events. Each event is unique but will include:

  • General members meeting.
  • Small working groups sessions focused on specific topics.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Social event.
  • New member orientation.
  • Steering Committee Meeting (closed door).
  • Additional half-day event on the Industrial Internet, open to the public.

Further information about the meeting is available from the Industrial Internet Consortium website at: www.iiconsortium.org

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting 2015 – Barcelona, Spain

Date: 14th September 2015 to 17th September 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Industrial Internet Consortium MeetingPrismTech was the first (non founding) industry member of the Industrial Internet Consortium and will play an active role in its forthcoming meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

The Industrial Internet Consortium was founded in 2014 to further development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines, intelligent analytics and people at work. Through an independently-run consortium of technology innovators, industrial companies, academia and government, the goal of the IIC is to accelerate the development and availability of intelligent industrial automation for the public good.

This goal of the consortium is to:

  • Utilize existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications.
  • Deliver best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies.
  • Influence the global development standards process for internet and industrial systems.
  • Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights.
  • Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

The IIC meetings are two-day working and networking events. Each event is unique but will include:

  • General members meeting.
  • Small working groups sessions focused on specific topics.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Social event.
  • New member orientation.
  • Steering Committee Meeting (closed door).
  • Additional half-day event on the Industrial Internet, open to the public.

Further information about the meeting is available from the Industrial Internet Consortium website at www.iiconsortium.org

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting 2015 – Niskayuna, New York USA

Date: 15th July 2015 to 17th July 2015
Location: Niskayuna, New York, USA

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting

PrismTech was the first (non founding) industry member of the Industrial Internet Consortium and will play an active role in its forthcoming meeting in Niskayuna, New York, USA.

The Industrial Internet Consortium was founded in 2014 to further development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines, intelligent analytics and people at work. Through an independently-run consortium of technology innovators, industrial companies, academia and government, the goal of the IIC is to accelerate the development and availability of intelligent industrial automation for the public good.

This goal of the consortium is to:

  • Utilize existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications.
  • Deliver best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies.
  • Influence the global development standards process for internet and industrial systems.
  • Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights.
  • Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

The IIC meetings are two-day working and networking events. Each event is unique but will include:

  • General members meeting.
  • Small working groups sessions focused on specific topics.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Social event.
  • New member orientation.
  • Steering Committee Meeting (closed door).
  • Additional half-day event on the Industrial Internet, open to the public.

Further information about the meeting is available from the Industrial Internet Consortium website at www.iiconsortium.org